Linked by Howard Fosdick on Fri 27th Jul 2012 02:57 UTC
Internet & Networking A free, new report from the New America Foundation compares cost, speed, and availabilty of internet connectivity in 22 cities around the world. The report concludes that U.S. consumers face comparatively high, rising connectivity costs, even while the majority have very limited choices -- often only one or two providers. The report argues that U.S. broadband policies need to change, otherwise consumer choice will continue to deteriorate.
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"In a perfect world, everyone would get their critical tasks handled when they need -- and everything else would get deprioritized. But networks don't function that way. There's no way to signal that "this remote terminal session is more important than anything that my kid is doing", so the various usages battle one another in a random way."

Well, both IP4 & IP6 have priority flags intended to solve this very problem, but I don't know of any consumer equipment that actually can configure & use them. Beyond that, I'm not even sure whether ISPs & other operators adhere to them in the WAN (they're potentially ripe for abuse).

I found a link about VOIP prioritisation on Cisco ASA devices that are popular for corporate networks, but it doesn't answer my questions about support on typical consumer devices & ISPs.

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